President Donald Trump plans to embark on his first travel since novel coronavirus pandemic, he intends to visit a facility producing masks.
The president will visit a Honeywell aerospace facility that is expanding its production of critical N-95 respirator masks to meet the demand for essential workers, according to the White House.
The trip to Arizona, both considered battleground states in November’s election, comes as Trump has signaled his eagerness for states to begin allowing residents to return to work and reopening schools and businesses.
“I would have to look at the climate,” Trump told reporters Thursday. “I’d have no problem wearing a mask. I don’t know, I’m supposed to make a speech. I just don’t know — Can I speak in a mask? You’re going to have to tell me if that’s politically correct.”
“The visit will highlight Honeywell’s investment in critical medical equipment production within the United States and the addition of 500 manufacturing jobs in Arizona,” Deere said in a statement. “President Trump and his Administration, and the Coronavirus Task Force continue to lead the fight for Arizona and the country against this invisible enemy.”
The president revealed his travel plans earlier Wednesday during a roundtable discussion with business executives from companies including Hilton, Waffle House and Wynn Resorts. “I think I’m going to Arizona next week. We look forward to that. And I’m going to, I hope, Ohio very soon,” Trump told reporters.
The president has not left the White House since March 28, when he traveled to Norfolk, Virginia, to send off the USS Comfort, a Navy hospital ship deployed to assist with New York City’s coronavirus response. Trump is also expected to travel to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point on June 13 to deliver a commencement address.
We’re going to start to move around and hopefully in the not-too-distant future, we’ll have some massive rallies and people will be sitting next to each other. I can’t imagine a rally where you have every fourth seat full – every sixth seat’s empty for every one that you have full. That wouldn’t look too good,” Trump told reporters Wednesday.